LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame will grow by six this fall, as three prominent 2000s-era men's basketball student-athletes will join alumni from women's swimming and women's track and field in the 39th Hall of Fame Class.
The inductees in the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be Kevin Bettencourt '06, Charles Lee '06 and Chris McNaughton '07, who all starred on Bucknell's historic 2005 and 2006 men's basketball teams, record-setting swimmer Lectie Altman '06, versatile track and field star Melanie Buczko Lincoln '07, and standout hammer-thrower Maria Garcia Harkley '04.
The new Hall of Fame class will be inducted at a dinner ceremony on Friday, Nov. 3 as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities. The new Hall of Famers will also be recognized at halftime of the Bucknell-Lehigh football game the following day.
The Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to honor the very best in the history of Bison athletics. This year's induction brings to 257 the number of outstanding student-athletes, coaches, administrators and friends of Bucknell whose contributions are forever preserved in the Hall of Fame.
LECTIE ALTMAN '06 helped lead the Bison women's swimming and diving team to the Patriot League championship in each of her four collegiate seasons. She captured at least one Patriot League gold medal each year, claiming the 200-yard freestyle and 800 freestyle relay titles as a freshman; the 200 backstroke and 800 free relay titles as a sophomore; the 100 and 200 backstroke and 200 and 400 medley relay titles as a junior; and the 200 back championship as a senior.
Altman was undefeated in the 200 back as a senior, and she received the Patriot League's High Point Award as the top career scorer in the Class of 2006. She competed at the Conoco Phillips USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine, California the summer between her junior and senior seasons.
The winner of the Christy Mathewson Award as the top athlete in her class, Altman graduated with school records in three individual events (100 back, 200 back, 200 free) and two relays (200 medley, 400 medley).
KEVIN BETTENCOURT '06 was a two-year captain on some of Bucknell's best-ever men's basketball teams. A deadly outside shooter and terrific team leader, Bettencourt helped lead the Bison to Patriot League championships and NCAA Tournament first-round victories in 2005 and 2006. The 2005 team upset Kansas, marking the first NCAA Tournament win in school and Patriot League history. A year later, the Bison won a school-record 27 games, the last of which was an NCAA win over Arkansas, and earned a national top-25 ranking for the first time in school history.
After earning Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors in 2003, Bettencourt was a Second Team All-Patriot League selection in each of his next three seasons. He earned the team's Benton A. Kribbs Award as Team MVP in 2004 and 2006 and the Malcolm Musser Award for Leadership in 2005 and 2006.
Bettencourt started all 123 games in his four-year career and scored 1,577 career points, which ranked fourth in team history at the time of his graduation and now ranks fifth. He broke school records for made 3-pointers in a season and career, and his .832 free-throw percentage is third-best all-time. His 42-point game at Saint Francis early in the 2003-04 season is the second-highest single-game performance of the modern era and highest ever in a road game. Bettencourt, who is now the head coach at Endicott College, hit five 3-pointers in each of Bucknell's two NCAA Tournament wins over Kansas and Arkansas.
MELANIE BUCZKO LINCOLN '07 was a standout performer for the Bison track and field team. She completed the rare double of winning Patriot League gold medals in the pole vault and 60-meter hurdles. Best known as Bucknell's all-time greatest woman pole vaulter, Buczko Lincoln captured three indoor and two outdoor championships in the event. Her top marks of 13 feet, 5.5 inches indoors and 13-3.5 outdoors remain the school records by a wide margin, and they were also Patriot League records at the time. She is the only Bison ever to clear 13 feet, and her indoor record is by 14 inches over the next-best performer.
A six-time All-East performer, Buczko Lincoln won a pair of ECAC Championship titles in the pole vault, outdoors in 2004 and indoors in 2005. She qualified for the NCAA Championships in both of those seasons, placing 11th at the 2004 outdoor and 14th at the 2005 indoor national championship meet. In addition to her pole-vaulting prowess, Buczko Lincoln set the school record in the 60-meter hurdles (8.89) and now ranks fourth all-time. She was a member of the Patriot League 25th Anniversary Team.
Buczko Lincoln was also a standout in the classroom. A civil engineering major, she was a CoSIDA Academic All-American and two-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She received the Charles White Prize for excellence in academics and athletics, as well as the Moles Scholarship Award for outstanding effort in working toward a career in construction engineering and management. She was also presented the Christy Mathewson Award as the top athlete in her class.
MARIA GARCIA HARKLEY '04 is still the top hammer thrower in Bucknell history and the only Bison ever to top 200 feet. Her top mark of 202 feet, 8 inches remains the school record by more than 10 feet, and she captured Patriot League gold medals in the hammer throw in each of her four years at Bucknell.
Garcia Harkley was named Patriot League Field Athlete of the Meet as a senior in 2004, and then she went on to place eighth at the NCAA Regionals and 20th at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas. A three-time All-East performer, she was runner-up at the 2004 ECAC Championships. During one incredible run in the spring of her senior year, Garcia Harkley broke the school record in the hammer throw at five consecutive meets. Earlier that year, she also shattered the school mark in the indoor 35-pount weight throw, a record that has since been surpassed. She finished second, third and fourth in the weight throw at the Patriot League Indoor Championshjps.
A member of the Patriot League 25th Anniversary Team, Garcia Harkley came close to making the 2004 Olympic Team from her native Dominican Republic.
CHARLES LEE '06 was another standout performer on those 2005 and 2006 championship men's basketball teams. Along with Kevin Bettencourt, he co-captained both squads, leading them to Patriot League titles and NCAA Tournament victories over Kansas and Arkansas. Lee was the 2006 Patriot League Player of the Year, a three-time all-conference selection (first team in 2005 and 2006, second team in 2004), and the first player in league history to win back-to-back Tournament MVP awards.
Lee finished his career with 1,147 career points, which ranked 20th at the time of his graduation and 27th today. He scored 24 points in the win over Arkansas – the most ever by a Bison in an NCAA Tournament game – including the tie-breaking basket in the final minute. The 2006 Kribbs Award co-recipient as team MVP, Lee was the final preseason cut of the San Antonio Spurs and went on to play professionally in Europe. He later became an assistant coach at Bucknell and is now in his third year on the coaching staff with the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.
Lee received the Christy Mathewson Award as the top athlete in his class, and he was also a member of the Patriot League 25th Anniversary Team.
CHRIS McNAUGHTON '07 was the center on those historic men's basketball championship teams, and his game-winning jump-hook with 10.5 seconds left in the 64-63 victory over Kansas remains one of the most iconic plays in the history of Bucknell Athletics.
McNaughton was a member of the Patriot League All-Rookie Team in 2003-04, then earned First Team All-Patriot League honors in each of his final three seasons. He was also a three-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year who majored in electrical engineering while starring on the hardwood.
McNaughton's 1,529 career points ranked sixth at the time of his graduation and is now seventh all-time. His .598 career field-goal percentage still ranks No. 2 in school history, behind only fellow Hall-of-Famer Patrick King. McNaughton's .664 field-goal percentage in 2003-04 also ranks second all-time, and he shot 66.9 percent from the field over his final 13 career postseason games.
A Christy Mathewson Award winner and a member of the Patriot League 25th Anniversary Team, McNaughton went on to have a 10-year professional career in his native Germany, including a stint on the German National Team.